CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern outscored Lipscomb 20-10 in the fourth quarter, but the Bisons held on to defeat CSU 58-54 on Sunday at the Buc Dome.
Lipscomb jumped out to an early 11-9 lead on an Emily Kmec three-pointer with 4:00 left in the first quarter. A Meredith Lovelady trey with 1:06 to go gave the Bisons a 16-14 lead at the end of the first frame.
A Weknyne Dumorne layup had the Bucs trail by four, 21-17, with 6:40 left in the second period. Lipscomb went on an 8-2 run to take a 29-19 lead with 2:02 to go. Charleston Southern closed the half with five straight points as Jackson made a layup and Anna Webster hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 29-24 at the break.
The Bisons opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run to go in front by fourteen before a Burns layup and three-pointer trimmed the lead to 41-32 with 2:28 left in the third period. An Auriana Broughton layup with 15 seconds to go gave Lipscomb a 48-34 lead at the end of the third frame.
CSU stormed back in the fourth quarter. A Shauntavia Dobson four-point play cut the lead to 52-47 with 6:33 remaining in the game. A Jackson three-pointer narrowed the margin to 54-52 with 3:03 to go in the contest. Jackson knocked down two free throws to tie the game with 1:28 left. A Loren Cagle jumper put the Bisons in front 56-54 with 1:09 remaining. The teams traded turnovers before a missed Shelby Wilbanks jumper forced the Bucs to foul with 15 seconds to go. Lexi Manos hit a pair of free throws to seal the game for Lipscomb and Charleston Southern came up empty on the other end in the season opening defeat.
Inside the Numbers
- Weknyne Dumorne had nine points and nine rebounds in only 19 minutes of playing time.
- Rachel Burns shot 4-11 from the floor and 2-7 from behind the three-point arc. Burns added nine rebounds, two assists and three steals.
- Ke'Asia Jackson was 2-4 from three-point range and 2-4 from the free throw line. Jackson had four rebounds and three assists.
News and Notes
- Charleston Southern dropped its home opener for the first time since 2006 when the Bucs fell to Jacksonville, 105-66.
- CSU had four players see their first action as a Buccaneer. Lexii Cassell, Weknyne Dumorne, Njeri Nelms and Shelby Wilbanks all had significant playing time in their first game suiting up for CSU.
- The Bucs lost their third straight season opener. The last win for CSU to start the season was in 2014 when the Bucs defeated Trinity Baptist, 98-35.
- Charleston Southern opens the season with three home games in an eight day span. It's the first time CSU has started the season with three straight home games since the Bucs went 3-0 to open the 2011 season.
Postgame with Coach Applin and Rachel Burns
CSU hosts Toccoa Falls on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The Bucs then play Coppin St. on Monday, Nov. 20 at the Buc Dome.